Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Course summary

If you've enjoyed studying for your Bachelor of Arts degree, why not consider an Honours year? This normally involves one additional year of study following the successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree. Your Bachelor of Arts studies would have introduced you to a wide range of topics and issues, and an Honours project lets you explore one of these in much greater depth. Honours research topics are various and negotiable: if you are really interested in a topic and want to find answers, you'll be encouraged and supported to do so.

From a potential employer's perspective, whatever your topic, being able to demonstrate your ability to achieve a complex goal, meet deadlines, investigate independently, use resources effectively and write coherently will be highly regarded.

This degree

The Honours year has two functions at UOW; as an in-depth project at the end of undergraduate study, and as a bridge between undergraduate study and advanced research. Studying Honours will:

  • Teach you research skills, navigation skills and how to use information systems (archives, the library, databases and electronic research networks)
  • Provide an opportunity to articulate complex ideas in both verbal and written format
  • Provide the experience of working closely with a supervisor on a project and preparing a major project to meet a deadline
  • Experience in devising, researching and delivering an individual topic of study in an extended thesis of approx. 15,000 to 18,000 words

Course information

Study area

Arts & Humanities, Creative Arts

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

701

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

000611F

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

To qualify for entry into Honours, students must have qualified for a Bachelor degree with an average of at least 75% across the major (or majors) in which the Honours degree will be undertaken with the additional requirement of a Distinction in two of the 300 level subjects required by the major.

Applicants are also required to complete a 500 word outline of the proposed thesis topic. The outline should indicate the topic the applicant would like to research, as well as a justification of the significance of the research from a personal and/or intellectual point of view.

Students considering an Honours degree are encouraged to talk to the Program Coordinator well in advance to seek approval for enrolment, discuss their program, and negotiate a thesis topic and supervisors.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

5.0

5.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

79

18

18

16

16

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $11,928
Full Course Fee: $23,856

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

To qualify for entry into Honours, students must have qualified for a Bachelor degree with an average of at least 75% across the major (or majors) in which the Honours degree will be undertaken with the additional requirement of a Distinction in two of the 300 level subjects required by the major.

Applicants are also required to complete a 500 word outline of the proposed thesis topic. The outline should indicate the topic the applicant would like to research, as well as a justification of the significance of the research from a personal and/or intellectual point of view.

Students considering an Honours degree are encouraged to talk to the Program Coordinator well in advance to seek approval for enrolment, discuss their program, and negotiate a thesis topic and supervisors.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
31 October in year preceding enrolment

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) will be able to:

  1. Independently plan and execute a research-based project or piece of scholarship that demonstrates in-depth understanding and critical analysis of areas in the Humanities.
  2. Demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge and critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate information, problems, concepts and theories.
  3. Communicate a coherent and sustained argument, explaining and disseminating research results and conclusions.
  4. Apply an advanced knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to independently plan and execute a substantial piece of research. 

Course Structure

Irrespective of the Honours program chosen, the program consists of coursework (which makes up 50% of the final mark) and a research thesis (which makes up 50% of the final mark).

Areas of Study

An Honours year in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts is available in the following areas:

  • Creative Writing
  • Community, Culture and Environment*
  • English Literatures
  • French
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Honours
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Writing and English Literatures

*Only available at Batemans Bay, Bega, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Full-time Student
ARTS470 Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities 12 Autumn, Spring
Discipline Specific Subject*      
ARTS480 Thesis 24 Annual
Part-time Student
ARTS470 Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities 12 Autumn, Spring
Discipline Specific Subject*      
ARTS482 24cp Thesis (part-time component) 12 Annual
ARTS482 24cp Thesis (part-time component) 12 Autumn/Spring
*Discipline Specific Subjects
CCE 470 Community, Culture and Environment Honours 12 Not available in 2017
CST 470 Cultural Studies Honours 12 Not available in 2017
ELL 470 Honours in English Language and Linguistics 12 Not available in 2017
ENGL470 English Honours 12 Autumn
EURO470 European Studies Honours 12 Not available in 2017
FREN470 French Honours 12 Not available in 2017
HIST470 History Honours 12 Autumn
INDS470 Indigenous Studies Honours 12 Not available in 2017
ITAL470 Italian Honours 12 Not available in 2017
JAPA470 Japanese Honours 12 Not available in 2017
LANG470 Language Honours 12 Not available in 2017
PHIL470 Philosophy Honours 12 Autumn
POL 470 Politics Honours 12 Not available in 2017
PAIS470 Politics and International Studies Honours 12 Autumn
SCTI470 SCISTS Honours 12 Autumn
SOC 470 Sociology Honours 12 Not available in 2017
SPAN470 Spanish Honours 12 Not available in 2017
STS 470 Science and Technology Studies Honours 12 Not available in 2017

Honours Guide and Code of Practice (Honours)

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts Honours Guide provides detailed information on all Honours courses and can be accessed from the LHA Honours Programs page.

Students are advised to refer to the University of Wollongong web site for access to the Code of Practice - Honours.

Grade of Honours

The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1 in the University’s General Course Rules, i.e. based entirely on performance in 400 level subjects.

Honours are awarded in the following categories:

  • Class I (WAM 85 to 100%)
  • Class II, Division 1 (WAM 75 to 84%)
  • Class II, Division 2 (WAM 65 to 74%)
  • Class III (WAM 50 to 64%)
  • If the WAM is below 50%, an Honours grade is not awarded.
Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Studying Arts and Humanities at UOW allows you to tailor your degree specifically to your interests. Our flexible options let you choose the direction your program takes, such as specialising in a political, historical, international or creative discipline. Whatever you choose, you'll also have the option to apply your skills through work experience or an internship.

At UOW, you will learn from experts who head international committees and edit journals that have worldwide circulation, who are exploring sociopolitical issues in health, science and technology, law and the environment and who research the vibrancy of language and its origins, or the cultural impact of an electronic culture.

Career opportunities
  • Archiving and Librarianship
  • Art & Design
  • Arts
  • Business Development & Administration
  • Community & Social Services
  • Consultancy
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Government Policy
  • Healthcare Policy & Management
  • Heritage Specialist
  • Historian
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology & Design
  • Journalism
  • Social Policy
  • Translation & Interpreting
  • Legal Work
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Media & Publishing
  • Politics
  • Production and Management
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Writing

 

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